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Playlist: Afrobeats Comes to America


Everyone know’s Flavour’s 2005 hit “Nwa Baby (Ashawo)” but he’s been cooking up a different flavor of a hit lately.


One of the most vocal proponents of dancehall in Ghana, Stonebwoy is making waves globally.


He changed the game with “Ojuelegba,” but we suspect Wizkid is just getting started taking Afrobeats global. You heard him on Drake’s “One Dance,” and this is just the beginning. His latest features Trey Songz, French Montana and Chris Brown. Here he is with Femi Kuti:


The “Omo Baba Olowo” (Son of a rich man) has focused on a hybrid Afrobeats/rap sound lately. He just dropped this. We’re still spinning his hit “Aye,” it never gets old!


At this point, P-Square is the veteran of the scene, considering they set it up with hits like “E No Easy” and “Chop My Money,” but they stay relevant with hits like “Bank Alert” and the massive “Shekini.”

Tiwa Savage

Tiwa has taken the Afrobeats world by storm, a strong woman with a powerful voice and a clear artistic vision. We feature the laid back fuji-tinged “Adura” in our show, but she’s really coming into her own lately with hits like “Bad.”

Yemi Alade

She rocked the world with “Johnny” and lately she’s stepped into a senior role, styling herself as “Mama Africa” with a mature, focused sound and style.


Ghana’s most renowned rapper, Sarkodie doesn’t stop dropping fire. We’re still spinning “Adonai” but Sarkodie has moved on to grimey rap hits like this.

Bisa Kdei

Bisa Kdei has been setting the bar high for chill Ghanaian pop, influenced by highlife but totally current production style.

C4 Pedro

Repping Luanda, Angola, C4 Pedro is at the top of the kuduro scene right now. We featured the tune “Som do Negão” featuring Os Pilukas and Dayane.

Maya Zuda  

A strong female singer on the Afro-house/kuduro scene: This tune “Dois a Dois” is pure fire!


Keeping the groove going, Ignora delivers hard-hitting dance tunes like this:

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